Josh Duggar’s downfall and subsequent attempt to get his act together just took a bizarre twist. The former 19 Kids and Counting star is supposed to be in rehab, but he hasn’t been seen attending mandatory church service with his fellow addicts.
Josh Duggar never revealed the reason why he decided to head to rehab, but he did recently admit to suffering from an addiction to pornography and cheating on his wife. According to Radar Online, it was assumed that Josh Duggar checked himself into Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based rehab center in Rockford, Illinois. Gawker reports that commenters on the FreeJinger website have been tracking a private plane owned by the Duggars, and they discovered that the plane made a very short stop in Rockford on August 24. Two days later, Michelle Duggar confirmed that Josh was in rehab.
“As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions,” Michelle wrote on the Duggar Family Facebook page. “His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear. Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change. In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Reformers Unanimous program consists mostly of Bible study and free labor — “students” who enter the program are required to work 40 hours a week at the RU facilities or at the North Love Baptist Church. Attending services at the church is also supposed to be mandatory, but eyewitnesses told Radar that Josh Duggar was not on the RU van that arrived at the church on Sunday. A member of the congregation confirmed that Josh was nowhere to be seen during the service.
Radar reports that the Duggars’ private plane made a mystery trip to Paragould, Arkansas, on August 27, two days after Josh Duggar was supposed to check into rehab. Radar says that the Duggars don’t have any friends or family members in the town that’s hours away from their home, and the site claims that there’s no rehab center in Paragould. However, Raw Story points out that this is not true — there actually is a faith-based addiction treatment center in Paragould called Grace Mission Bible Training Center. It’s a branch of Mission Teens, Inc., and, much like the Reformers Unanimous program, it places a heavy emphasis on Bible study.
“There are 5 1/2 hours of Bible study per day, and the training amounts to approximately 1 year of Bible school,” the Mission Teens website reads. “There is a comprehensive study of the New Testament and a general study of the Old Testament. The daily schedule varies slightly at the centers, but fundamentally remains the same.”
Maybe Josh Duggar changed his mind about attending rehab in Illinois after his location became public knowledge, so he quickly switched to another center. Or maybe he changed his mind about attending rehab as soon as he arrived in Rockford and never checked in. He could have stayed on the plane and headed right back to Arkansas, and the Duggar plane’s subsequent stop in Paragould could have had nothing to do with Josh — it’s possible that the family has friends there that the media is not aware of, or maybe pilot John David was just getting in a little flight practice.
Josh could still be enrolled in the Reformers Unanimous program, and there may be a good explanation for why he hasn’t been seen out in public with the other students. Perhaps his celebrity status has earned him special privileges, like getting to skip church and other activities that would involve being seen in public or interacting with other people. There’s also a possibility that the preacher at North Love Baptist Church doesn’t want Josh at his church because the presence of the former 19 Kids and Counting star would be a major distraction that could turn church service into a media circus.
One other possibility? Josh ditched rehab shortly after checking in, and he’s in hiding somewhere doing whatever the hell he wants to do without worrying about the consequences. Maybe rehab was his parents’ idea, and he simply played along with their plan until he could find a way to weasel his way out of it.
Do you think Josh Duggar decided rehab wasn’t for him?
[Image credits: Duggar Family Facebook]